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Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George (英語) ハードカバー – 1995/9

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When he was a little boy growing up in Woolwich, the 'pink sheep' of his working-class Irish family, George wanted to be like Shirley Bassey. As a man, famous for his gender-bending clothes and elaborate make up as much as for his success as the lead singer of Culture Club, he became a media darling and pop icon. And then came fame, and drugs, and a spectacular fall from grace ...Writing with complete honesty, and with his usual biting wit, Boy George chronicles his extraordinary life and times in this highly acclaimed autobiography. 'If there's another book that can top it for bitchiness, sex, glamour, fame and heartache, then Jackie Collins must be the author' Q 'Candid and entertaining ...his public image was wildly at odds with his private self, the self that was living fabulously and wildly, gorging on drugs, food and sex, trashing hotel rooms and brawling with friends' The Times

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With a flick of his locks and a lash of his tongue, Boy George waltzed into musical stardom in 1982 with his smash hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" As the quintessential pop star of the 1980s, Boy George was constantly in the public eye, with a string of platinum Culture Club hits, sensational personal appearances, camp behavior and gender-bending dress that fueled the media's infatuation. What turned the son of a South London builder into the embodiment of effeminacy? Why did girls go crazy over a boy who looked like a girl?

A Grammy Award for "Karma Chameleon" sealed Boy George's pop-icon status as the avant-garde star in Hasidic hat and quasi-religious robes, whose beguiling melodies and impertinent one-liners seduced an unsuspecting public. "Sex? I'd rather have a cup of tea," he said, teasing the world about his sexual leanings. But after reaching the pinnacle of success, his life took a devastating turn. Culture Club, George's pioneering band, went into eclipse, his hushed-up relationship with drummer Jon Moss fell apart and Boy George found a new and dangerous obsession -- drugs -- ending up with a heroin addiction.

In this electrifying autobiography, Boy George tells the whole truth for the first time, and does so with total candor and irrepressible wit. Take It Like a Man is the story of the crazy highs and desperate lows; the family struggles; friends and lovers -- gay, straight and transvestite; the obsessive media infatuation; as well as the agony, shame and despair of drug withdrawal. Filled with confession, revelation and inspiration, this book reflects the utter creativity of its author and tells the mesmerizing story of how George achieved the nearly impossible by coming back from the land of the deeply addicted to health, sobriety and a new horizon of musical success. His is an unfinished journey.


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  • 出版社: Harpercollins (1995/09)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0060173688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060173685
  • 発売日: 1995/09
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 4.4 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
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投稿者 tomomori トップ50レビュアー 投稿日 2009/2/4
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古本屋で気まぐれに購入したら一気読みになってしまいました。そもそも手に取った動機は「野次馬根性」で、最近Dead or Aliveのピート・バーンズのにわかファンになり、「ボーイ・ジョージも同時代の同類として面白そう」と。本書はピート・バーンズの手抜き自伝と比較すると極めて良心的な商品です。
現役の芸能人の自伝をどれくらい真に受けて読むべきか、という問題はあるのですが、ボーイ・ジョージのジョン・モスへの想いは赤裸々で真摯で迫力があります。胸打たれてしまひました。その熱愛というか渇望というか、とにかく好きで好きで好きで堪らない、という感情の凄まじさ。カルチャークラブというキャリアも数々の楽曲もバンドの終焉もドラッグへの耽溺も、あるいは後年の自己破壊的行動さえも(ごく最近も何かで逮捕されていたような)、全てジョン・モスへの熱愛が中心にあるような気がしますね。
このように男に恋することは果たしてフツーの女に可能なんでしょうか。ゲイの恋は質・量とも女には推し測れない部分がある。そしておそらくここまで無我夢中で惚れられても相手は嬉しくもなんともない、というか、ヒジョーに困るはずです。所詮は生身の人間ですから。「『神』という男を生み出したキリストはオカマに違いない」という橋本治の言葉がにわかに蘇りました。オカマほど男なる生き物を精神的にも肉体的にも熱愛する存在はおそらくいない。芸能人本を気軽に読むもりが、意外にも深遠な真実(?)に突き当たったような気分になりました。
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ボーイ・ジョージの自伝です。あの詞はそういう意味だったのか、とうなずくような所もあり、下世話な話題で満足させてくれるところもある。80年代のイギリスの音楽界の裏事情も垣間見れる。とってもおもしろいよ。
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A compelling account of the London punk and glam scene 2015/6/21
投稿者 gmallard - (Amazon.com)
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I was prompted to buy this book after seeing the movie "Worried about the Boy." Douglas Booth was so convincing, I had to look up Boy George online to remember *exactly* what he looked like. Anyhow, I had no idea just how much I was going to be drawn into the subject matter presented by this book. George paints such a clear picture of those times in the London of the late seventies and early eighties, that if you have any interest in that period of music and culture, you can't allow yourself to miss out on this book.

Of course any junkie's autobiography is going to have it's downsides, but Gorge never loses his sense of humor about himself. His eloquence, frankness, and intelligence shine throughout the book. And of course it's no spoiler to say that the book has a happy ending. It's great to see such a fine soul come back to life.
2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 A fascinating account 2017/3/27
投稿者 Emily Bell - (Amazon.com)
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I found this biography fascinating. It has a detailed and conversational style that frequently goes on a bit long, but I loved it. I read this to learn George’s story, and that’s what the book delivered. I just wish I could have kept better track of all of George’s friends! (Not to mention all the different names for drugs - I still have no idea which is exactly which.)

With anecdotes ranging from heart-wrenching to hilarious, George recounts the raw details of his life - the turning points and moments of influence. Nothing is sugarcoated or glorified - his stories are told in honest and unembellished detail. (And are often intended for mature audiences.) It is really quite a journey.

A truly fascinating account; I really enjoyed hearing George’s unique story and perspectives and thank him and Mr. Bright for sharing them with us.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 So Delicious I Grieved When I Finished It!!! 2016/1/3
投稿者 Adrian Charley - (Amazon.com)
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OMG!!! I loved this book!! I loved it so much and was so attached to it that I took it with me everywhere and read it in stolen moments at work and while waiting for appointments. When I finished it, I felt like a family member had died because the book had become such a part of my every day routine. It sent me on a wild search for anything Boy George and Culture Club related. I have always been a fan, but this book made me a super fan! I went to the summer concerts in Boston and North Carolina (within two weeks of each other) and paid for front row tickets to both. If you are a fan of Boy George, Culture Club, or 80s music, then this is essential reading. Get ready for the depression to hit when you finish it. You will truly miss it!
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5つ星のうち 5.0 A Riveting Read 2015/5/24
投稿者 Cookiebird - (Amazon.com)
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Am about the same age as Boy, and was not a big fan of his in the 80's--thought the plaits and makeup were all a bit contrived. Boy, oh Boy was I wrong. Somehow I stumbled into this book and once I started, could not put it down. His difficult working class Irish roots, crazy and sometimes violent family, and fascinating entry as a teen into London's street and club culture. Meteoric rise to fame with the Culture Club and humbling crash coinciding with the ravages of heroin addiction. That part was so sad and difficult to read but gives this reader new insights into how and why celebrities become addicted and how easy and arbitrary death by overdose can be. The Boy is a complex guy -- he is wickedly funny, sensitive, eloquent, brilliant, but also violent, selfish and of course self destructive. The book leaves off when he is in his 30's. We know he has had serious problems with drugs since then. He seems to be in a good place now, and I hope the better angels of his nature are able to win for good.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 vivid account of a colorful man 2013/7/5
投稿者 Megusta Musica - (Amazon.com)
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Where do I even start with this one? I've admired Boy George for years, not only for his songwriting and singing, but also for his articulate, funny and profound views on life. The story is wonderfully detailed, and peppered with George's penchant for humorous plays on words and piercing one-liners. It's a very introspective and honest account of his life up to his early 30s. To be honest, it's a little hard to believe someone actually lived everything that happened in this book, so I'm sure it's much easier for us to read than it was for him to live it. Even so, he tells the story to make it feel like you are there with him, and also somehow remains someone you feel that you, too, can relate to, even in his most outrageous outfits, fantastic successes and even personal lows.

Sure, Boy George has had many very public destructive events in his life, especially ones that have happened since the publication of this book, but it's nice to see that he seems to be in a much happier period in his life now, drug-free, healthy and happy. I always will admire him for his honesty, being true to himself and who he is.
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